Knitting groups take up the square challenge for Africa

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Hundreds of older people across Shropshire have picked up their knitting needles for a year-long challenge to help children in Africa.

Coverage Care has launched its Knit a Square for Africa project, encouraging residents who like to knit or crochet to create squares which can be sewn together to make blankets.

The project was the brainchild of the company's people support administrator, Kay Lennox, who works with the homes to publicise their activities.

She said: “There are more than 1.9 million orphaned and abandoned children living in South Africa, many of whom live on mud floors in the open air.  They are in desperate need of blankets.

“We already have one home, Stone House in Bishop's Castle, which knit jumpers for children in Malawi and I thought this would be a great way to involve all of our homes.”

Residents, staff and visitors to the 15 Coverage Care care homes spread throughout Shropshire have already started to make the squares, and are now appealing for needles and wool.

Kay said: “Activities are encouraged in the homes to promote well-being, social interaction, structure and motivation. The Square Knitters groups enjoy coffee and cake mornings with friends and families whilst knitting for this great cause.

“Local companies have already made kind donations for wool, needles and transport costs to keep the project going but we are going to need more in the coming months!”

A Knit and Natter Open Day will be held at Briarfields in Shrewsbury between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday August 2 for all those wishing to join in and help 'knit a square for Africa'.

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